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Alexiades homers again, Mulholland strong as Ogden Raptors handle Idaho Falls 16-1

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Jun 8, 2023

BRIAN WOLFER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Ogden Raptors outfielder Reese Alexiades tracks down a fly ball against Idaho Falls on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

OGDEN -- After being convincingly outhit Wednesday, the Ogden Raptors' outing Thursday was a lot like their series-opening win Tuesday over Idaho Falls: lots of extra-base hits and a strong outing from the starting pitcher.

Reese Alexiades homered for the third straight game, Jake Mulholland had the Chukars searching for decent contact all night and the Raptors claimed a 16-1 victory in front of 4,202 fans at Lindquist Field.

The Raptors (9-6) got all the runs they'd need in the second inning. Alexiades started the rally with a solo homer to right field to lead off the frame. That's his fifth home run of the season, tying him for the Pioneer League lead according to stats entering Thursday's action.

Outfielder Nick Ultsch singled in catcher Coleton Horner, Cam Phelts grounded in Dakota Conners and Logan Williams launched a two-run homer off the scoreboard in left field for a 5-0 lead against Idaho Falls starter Tom Walker.

Alexiades scored on a Horner sacrifice fly in the fifth and Conners doubled off the wall to score Sal Gozzo for a 7-0 advantage. Then first baseman Juan Teixeira lined a two-run homer to left for a 9-0 score in the sixth.

Mulholland, meanwhile, settled into a groove after a scare in the second. Rafael Narea made a diving stop on a grounder up the third-base line from IF's Tyler Wyatt, which proved to save a run. After Jordan Myrow doubled to left, Mulholland struck out two to end the threat, starting a streak of five straight outs via strikeout for the lefty.

In a sequence between the fourth and fifth innings, Mulholland induced three weak tap-backs to the mound in the space of four batters. He finished with a four-hit blanking of the Chukars (6-9) over seven innings, striking out seven and walking zero.

Ogden didn't stop scoring, either. Jeffrey Rotz took the mound for Idaho Falls in the seventh and struggled with control, hitting Horner on his first pitch, giving up an RBI double to Ultsch, walking Teixeira and hitting Narea to push the score to 12-0. That set off a frame where Ogden sent 12 batters to the plate and the scoring culminated when Horner doubled to right, clearing loaded bases for a 16-0 lead.

Jon Rice kept the shutout going in the eighth, striking out two Chukars in a four-batter inning.

Left-handed reliever Quinn Waterhouse made his professional debut in the ninth for Ogden, recording a strikeout before issuing the first walk by a Raptors pitcher Thursday. That set up Myrow for an RBI single to end the shutout. Waterhouse then struck out catcher Hunter Hudson to end the game.

Ultsch, Williams and Horner each recorded two hits as Ogden outhit Idaho Falls 11-5.

The two teams play again at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

THURSDAY SCORES

Ogden 16, Idaho Falls 1

Northern Colorado 10, Rocky Mountain 6

Grand Junction 8, Boise 2

Glacier 2, Billings 0

Missoula 6, Great Falls 3

PIONEER LEAGUE STANDINGS

Through June 8

NORTH DIVISION

Glacier 10-3

Missoula 10-5

Idaho Falls 6-9

Great Falls 5-8

Billings 3-12

SOUTH DIVISION

Northern Colorado 10-4

Boise 9-6

Ogden 9-6

Grand Junction 6-9

Rocky Mountain 4-10

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